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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

A Wild Show

Howdy, pardners! Welcome to the Town of Triple R, where the Sheriff has four paws and the theme is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Our Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater live animal show is set in the Wild West, featuring an all-star cast of animals and keepers.

Off-season, swing by for a Close Encounter. Giddy-up!

Discover Wild Wonders

A Pretty Wild Encounter
12pm daily
Meet an aardvark, or a tamandua, a skunk or eagle - close up and in person! You never know who'll be there at noon daily at a Close Encounter.
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Find it
in the zoo
Head straight downhill from the central plaza and you’ll spot the theater, with its partially covered seating and ADA-accessible ramp. Be sure to get there early for a good spot.
Plan your day

Meet the stars!

Herald
Mazie
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Thurston
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

We opened the Pacific Seas Aquarium!

Two dozen necks crane up, up, up, eyes riveted on the scene above, as four hammerhead sharks cruise overhead. Sunny the sea turtle joins the scene, swimming unhurriedly by and then diving deeper into his home. Suddenly, two eagle rays “fly” overhead, their pectoral fins gently flapping up and down to propel them through the … Continued

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Farewell, Dozer!

Dozer, the lovable, 3,078-pound walrus with the 17-inch-long tusks and unmistakable whistle, is leaving Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium mid-September. But there’s still time to bid him farewell. He’ll be featured on the marine mammal Keeper Talks at 3pm Saturday Sept. 15 and Sunday Sept. 16, the last weekend before he leaves. Dozer’s a crowd … Continued

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Terra the tamandua, climbing high

With soft pale fur and sharp claws, Terra moseys up a log. She goes farther, her long tail wrapping for balance, sniffing and exploring until she’s way overhead. Then, without fuss, she makes her way back almost upside-down. Meet Terra, the Zoo’s new Southern tamandua. “She loves to climb,” says Jessie Sutherland, staff biologist at … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.